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Few and Plain Is Best

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Some writing advice from John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Ruskin was a writer and artist, but is best known as an art critic during the Victorian Era. His words here are both wise and pithy. “Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them and in the plainest possible words or …

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Use Your Thesaurus

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Some practical advice on how to wisely use a thesaurus.

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5 Ways to Use Math to Teach Writing

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Guest poster and writing coach Susan Lyttek offers an interesting way to use math to teach grammar concepts.

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The Heroic Journey, Part 20: Outer Journey

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The idea for this stage is “higher stakes, greater complications.” After the Point of No Return at the midpoint of the novel the goal becomes both more difficult and more important to accomplish. The Hero has a harder time accomplishing his goal but is more committed than ever to achieving it.

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The Heroic Journey, Part 19: The Point of No Return

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Just before the Midpoint, it appears the Hero’s going to pull it off, achieve the goal. But at the midpoint of the novel, and the midpoint of Act II, something happens that results in an apparently devastating reversal of the Hero’s fortune.

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